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22 December, 2014

NFU calls for rollout of badger culls

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has called for a rollout of badger culls to other regions, claiming that the extended pilots in Somerset and Gloucestershire have been effective.

The Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) has reflected on what it called a “crunch” year for the Scottish meat industry.

Asda has launched a Womens Farming Discussion Group as part of a ongoing strategy to promote British farming.

English beef and sheep industry levy body Eblex is undertaking a ‘Casserole Revival’ project to improve the popularity of the casserole and braising sector, and halt its “long-term decline”.

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The Competition and Marketing Authority (CMA) is to investigate the merger of Pork Farms and Kerry Foods over concern it could form a monopoly in the pork pie market.

Top ten of 2014: Butchers

17 December, 2014

Take a look at some of our most popular articles on butchers from 2014 with this 'top ten' photo gallery. Click on the picture to read the full story.

The National Federation of Meat and Food Traders is urging hopefuls to get applications in for its Premier Young Butcher competition as the competition is already hotting up.

HCC action plan on track

19 December, 2014

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales’ (HCC) five-year action plan, to ensure a “profitable” and “sustainable” meat industry for the future, is continuing to hit targets, according to the organisation.

The judging is complete and Meat Trades Journal can now reveal the finalists in the 2015 Meat & Poultry Processing Awards.

Adulterated meat has been uncovered in retailers and takeaways in Derby, which could be falsely selling halal meat.

Fitness food website MuscleFood.com is offering affordable fresh turkeys for the festive market for only £9.

The final list of six candidates for next year’s National Farmers’ Union Scotland (NFUS) presidential elections has been announced.

2 Sisters Food Group has been accused of setting “beyond unreasonable” terms of contract by one of its suppliers on a BBC Newsnight programme.

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has claimed that abattoir waste charges have been hiked up in recent weeks, and has called on processors to explain the rises.

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norman bagleyI get the impression that, before releasing the campylobacter poultry meat supermarket statistics to an expectant world, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) looked over the parapet and had a slight change of heart. It was as if it had suddenly realised that it was set up to prevent food scares by scientifically assessing and communicating food-related risks, not to start hares running.

Charles BaughanCharles Baughan, MD of Westaways Sausages, reveals how embracing social media has streamlined enquiries and made business easier

Latest International News

ABP secures Japanese beef deal

19 December, 2014

Irish meat giant ABP Food Group has secured what it claims is the first beef deal with Japan for an Irish producer since 2000. 

A recent deal between China and Australia, which could see one million cattle from Australia headed to China each year, has plenty of takers on the Chinese side.

McDonald’s has earned a censure from the Swedish advertising ombudsman, Reklamombudsmannen, which found fault with aspects of its advertising that suggested beef sold in its outlets is largely sourced in Sweden. 

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